Amro Partners acquires ninth PBSA project in Iberia

Amro Partners acquires its ninth student accommodation project in Iberia as it continues to expand its Iberian platform.

Amro Partners’ PBSA project in Pamplona, Spain | PBSA News
Amro Partners’ PBSA project in Pamplona, Spain.

Amro Partners takes the next step in its expansion across Iberia with the acquisition of a new 157-bed student housing project in Salamanca – one of Spain’s most historic university cities. The project is Amro’s ninth in the region since it launched in Iberia in mid-2018, consolidating its portfolio of c. 2,500 student beds with a total GDV of €250m. According to Amro’s research, Salamanca is home to over 30,000 students with approximately 70% in need of student accommodation.

Located five minutes from Plaza Mayor, and within walking distance of both Universidad de Salamanca and Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, the €18m GDV project will comprise a mixture of room types to include ensuites, doubles and studios, alongside dedicated study spaces and shared facilities including a canteen, terraces and gym. The asset will be managed by Amro Estudiantes, Amro’s operating purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) brand in Iberia.

In line with Amro’s NZC2030 pledge and its other developments in Iberia, the project will be one of the most sustainable buildings in Spain on completion, targeting BREEAM Outstanding, with a Fitwel 3 Stars and WiredScore Platinum rating in recognition of initiatives to boost the health and wellbeing of residents. Amro’s Iberian PBSA portfolio is being developed to be the leading portfolio of residential rental assets in Europe from an ESG perspective.

“We believe the Iberian student housing market remains structurally undersupplied and I am delighted to complete our ninth acquisition in the region. We are strategically focused on further growth in our portfolio of best-in-class ESG assets in renowned and well-connected university cities.”

Raj Kotecha, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Amro Partners

Amro has also closed an €18m finance deal with lender Cheyne Capital to finance development of its €38m GDV student housing project in Pamplona, Northern Spain. Construction began in September 2021 to develop a 340-bed scheme with amenities including outdoor spaces, study rooms, a gym and a canteen, opening doors to students in September 2023. The high ESG credentials of the project were critical to securing the loan, with Cheyne Capital placing a keen focus on high standards of governance, investment stewardship and sustainability.

In December 2021, construction works also started on Amro’s strategic project in the Spanish capital Madrid, where it’s developing a 216-bed student housing asset in Getafe – a key residential municipality in the south of the city close to three major universities.

In October 2021, Amro also announced the acquisition of a new PBSA project in Lisbon, Portugal – the company’s eighth project in Iberia since its launch. The PBSA scheme will deliver 305 student beds in a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rated property.

Well established in the UK and Iberian residential living sector, Amro Partners has a strong track record of £900m of projects completed and under development, underpinned by three key trends: increasing urbanisation, a desire for high quality, flexible rental homes, and growing global demand for higher education. The business is targeting a number of further acquisitions in Iberia and the UK in the first half of 2022.